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Larry Stempel

Professor of Music

Faculty Memorial Hall 444
Fordham University-Rose Hill Campus
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-817-4895

Office Hours: by appointment


  PhD University of Pennsylvania  


 19th and 20th Century Music ​


​ Larry Stempel specializes in the study of Western music of the 19th and 20th centuries, and his research has focused on examining the relationship between the cultivated and vernacular traditions of this period. His book Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater won the 2011 Kurt Weill Book Prize, and the 2012 Irving Lowens Book Award of the Society for American Music. He also served as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the orchestra of the Universidad de Chile, La Serena, and his compositions have been performed at the Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood. ​

Courses Taught

Opera: An Introduction
Traditions in American Music
Jazz, A History in Sound
Broadway Musicals
Romantic Music: 19th Century
Music in Modern Times: 20th Century
American Studies: Senior Seminar
Honors Program: Early Modern and Contemporary Music

Selected Publications

Direct & Indirect from Broadway:  A Cultural History of the Musical in Documents (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater (New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 2010).

"The Musical Play Expands," American Music 10/2: 136-69.

"'Street Scene' and the Enigma of Broadway Opera," in A New Orpheus: Essays on Kurt Weill, ed. Kim H. Kowalke (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986; repr. 1990), pp. 321-41.

"Broadway's Mozartean Moment, or, an Amadeus in Amber," in Sennetts and Tuckets: A Bernstein Celebration, ed. Steven J. Ledbetter (Boston: David R. Godine, 1988), pp. 39-56.

"Varese's 'Awkwardness' and the Symmetry in the 'Frame of 12 Tones: An Analytic Approach," The Musical Quarterly 65/2: 148-66.

"Not Even Varese Can Be an Orphan," The Musical Quarterly 60/1: 46-60.